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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Program Code:GRA
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Offered:Summer
Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Throughout the program, your studies will focus on the creative aspects of designing and producing effective graphic solutions and materials, including print, websites, epubs, apps, packaging, environmental and marketing campaigns for corporate, publishing, advertising and marketing clients.

You'll learn the principles, materials and skills necessary to bring a design problem to a logical solution. In your first year, you'll concentrate on developing your understanding of design fundamentals. Your second and third years will provide you with the opportunity to apply these principles to a variety of design problems. In your third year, you’ll produce campaign materials and a portfolio and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a field placement.

Note: This program is recommended for students interested in working as a designer within the communications industry.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) or ENG4(C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with required course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicant profile/questionnaire
  • Drawing assignment
  • Portfolio

Applicant Selection:

  • Details of how to complete and submit your profile, drawing assignment and portfolio will be mailed shortly after we receive your application.
  • Applicants to this program are ranked based on the strength of their profile, drawing assignment and portfolio.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Note: Although not required for admission, participation in any previous art and/or computer graphics courses will greatly enhance your success in the program.

Fees

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Your Career

The world of art and design is calling. With the Graphic Design advanced diploma program, you’ll turn your passion for design into a career in the visual communications industry. In three years you could enjoy a creative and challenging career as a graphic designer, web designer, in-house designer for a corporation, advertising art director, interactive designer or print production.

Affiliations/Associations

  • Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC)
  • Designer's Accord
  • International Council of Communication Design (ICOGRADA)
  • The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD)

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
GRA120 Software Training I
GRA130 Typography I
GRA160 Colour Theory
GRA171 Design Thinking I
GRA180 Drawing
 
Semester 2
GRA210 Graphic Design I
GRA220 Software Training II
GRA230 Typography II
GRA242 Design History
GRA266 Photography and Video
GRA271 Design Thinking II
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
EAC394 Effective Business Writing
GRA310 Graphic Design II
GRA320 Software Training III
GRA330 Typography III
GRA350 Design Production I
GRA361 Web Software I
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
GRA410 Graphic Design III
GRA412 Branding Design
GRA430 Information Design
GRA461 Web Software II
GRA491 Interactive Design I
GRA491 Marketing Strategies
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 5
GRA510 Graphic Design IV
GRA512 Marketing Design
GRA562 Interactive Design II
GRA570 Portfolio Preparation
 
Semester 6
GRA610 Graphic Design V
GRA612 Current and Future Trends
GRA692 Business of Design
GRA691 Professional Practices
FPL600 or
GRA600
Field Placement or
In-Studio Practicum

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
GRA120 Software Training I
GRA130 Typography I
GRA160 Colour Theory
GRA171 Design Thinking I
GRA180 Drawing
 
Semester 2
GRA210 Graphic Design I
GRA220 Software Training II
GRA230 Typography II
GRA242 Design History
GRA266 Photography and Video
GRA271 Design Thinking II
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
EAC394 Effective Business Writing
GRA310 Graphic Design II
GRA320 Software Training III
GRA330 Typography III
GRA350 Design Production I
GRA361 Web Software I
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
GRA410 Graphic Design III
GRA412 Branding Design
GRA430 Information Design
GRA461 Web Software II
GRA491 Interactive Design I
GRA491 Marketing Strategies
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 5
GRA510 Graphic Design IV
GRA512 Marketing Design
GRA562 Interactive Design II
GRA570 Portfolio Preparation
 
Semester 6
GRA610 Graphic Design V
GRA612 Current and Future Trends
GRA692 Business of Design
GRA691 Professional Practices
FPL600 or
GRA600
Field Placement or
In-Studio Practicum

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
GRA120 Software Training I 3
GRA130 Typography I 3
GRA160 Colour Theory 3
GRA171 Design Thinking I 3
GRA180 Drawing 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GRA210 Graphic Design I 3
GRA220 Software Training II 3
GRA230 Typography II 3
GRA242 Design History 3
GRA266 Photography and Video 3
GRA271 Design Thinking II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC394 Effective Business Writing 3
GRA310 Graphic Design II 3
GRA320 Software Training III 3
GRA330 Typography III 3
GRA350 Design Production I 3
GRA361 Web Software I 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GRA410 Graphic Design III 3
GRA412 Branding Design 3
GRA430 Information Design 3
GRA461 Web Software II 3
GRA462 Interactive Design I 3
GRA491 Marketing Strategies 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GRA510 Graphic Design IV 3
GRA512 Marketing Design 3
GRA562 Interactive Design II 3
GRA570 Portfolio Preparation 4
 
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GRA610 Graphic Design V 6
GRA612 Current and Future Trends 6
GRA692 Business of Design 4
GRA691 Professional Practices 4
FPL600 or
GRA600
Field Placement or
In-Studio Practicum
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Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Sharon Wong
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22807
Sharon.Wong@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Valentyna.Gorodovych@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sharina Khan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
Sharina.Khan@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Kinmond Smith
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33172
Kinmond.Smith@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinator: Lauretta Wood
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33404
Lauretta.Wood@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mark Jones
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
Mark.Jones@senecacollege.ca
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